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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Leadership Ethics

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics explores ethical issues in organizational leadership such as corporate governance, role-based ethics and tone at the top. We also address questions of personal ethical leadership.

Resources for Leaders During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A collection of articles addressing the compelling ethical issues that businesses and leaders are facing today.

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Evaluating Culture for Ethics

Culture Self-Assessment Practice recommends approaches to evaluating culture for ethics within companies and other types of organizations. The materials are primarily for members of an organization’s leadership team, including human resources and legal, but designed to engage a cross-section of leaders from various disciplines.

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Leadership Ethics Resources


Leadership Ethics articles on corporate governance, ethical reasoning, diversity, mission and values, and culture.

Case Studies

Case studies on leadership ethics issues faced by organizations such as Apple, Starbucks, and Wells Fargo.

Customize Your Mission

A mission statement serves as a standard for ethical decision-making to guide individuals and organizations.

Workplace Diversity Dialogues

Diversity and inclusion problems in Silicon Valley organizations are solvable if the issues are considered as ethical dilemmas. Find resources, articles, videos, and blog posts about diversity and inclusion here.

Teaching Note: Interview of Theranos Whistleblower, Tyler Shultz

This teaching module for business ethics, leadership and management courses includes two videos, homework assignments, and class discussion, all designed to spark conversation about ethical issues associated with whistleblowers and corporate governance.

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Benison: The Practice of Ethical Leadership

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Opinion: We Need Silicon Valley Leadership, Now More Than Ever

If we don’t get schools open in a format that works for everyone we will not get Silicon Valley open for business.

How to Create Inclusive Workplaces:

Insights on developing a diverse and inclusive workplace from the Diversity Dialogues series at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

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Moving Forward in the Pandemic: Guidance for Boards

Nonprofit and corporate boards need to guide their organizations through the process of coming out of the current covid-19 pandemic.

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Justice & Equity Require Leadership from All of Us

Leadership from all of us can move us forward now when traditional leadership is failing us.

    Media Commentary

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    Opinion: We Need Silicon Valley Leadership, Now More Than Ever

    Ann Skeet, senior director of Leadership Ethics, published in The Mercury News.

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    What is he Thinking? Latest Scandal puts Spotlight on Trudeau’s Ethical Compass

    Ann Skeet, senior director of Leadership Ethics, quoted in The Star.

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    'That money was essentially burned': Google's aid isn't enough to save travel businesses, CEOs say

    Ann Skeet, senior director of Leadership Ethics, quoted by CNET.

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    COVID-19: Affordable housing construction exception rankles Bay Area trades groups, health officer

    Ann Skeet, senior director of Leadership Ethics, quoted in East Bay Times.

      A Model for Leadership Ethics

      Leadership ethics explores the relationships between leaders and followers and provides tools for those in leadership roles to bring ethics forward in organizations. Ann Skeet, senior director of leadership ethics, has developed a leadership model that encourages users to think of their leadership as a practice. It shows how leadership happens on a continuum from the personal to the formal, building from a leader’s character and including actions the leader takes, with elements combining to render the impact the leader has.

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      What Is Leadership Ethics?

      Leadership ethics looks at the issues people face when they're in formal leadership roles. It can also be about personal leadership—people’s character and values and how they “show up” in life, which is central to the way they are able to have an impact as leaders.

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